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Historic European cities

Explore a trio of Europe’s most vibrant and colourful cities, their scenic surroundings and the glorious "Blue" Danube.

Beginning in the breathtaking Bohemian capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, this hugely popular holiday takes you through the heart of Bohemia. Visit magnificent Vienna, home to stunning palaces, vibrant culture and the very best coffee and cake. See the cosmopolitan Slovakian capital, Bratislava, and the majestic "twin city" of Budapest, which sits astride the mighty River Danube. An opportunity to discover the rebuilt Baroque city of Dresden, on an optional excursion, completes your wonderful tour.

What does this price include?

  • Seven nights' carefully chosen four-star bed and breakfast accommodation in Prague (3 nights), Vienna (2) and Budapest (2)
  • Return flights to Prague (returning from Budapest)
  • Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Your tour manager will meet you when you arrive, and you'll be transferred to your first hotel. Depending on the time you arrive, you may like to head out for your first exploration of the Czech capital. A delightful walkabout city, Prague is crammed with bars and restaurants.

  • Get to know this, one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, which has miraculously survived the turbulent centuries unscathed. Join our guide for a walking tour that will introduce the exquisite Old Town (Staré Mesto), the city’s heart since the 13th-century, then cross the River Vlatva by the famous cobbled Charles Bridge, with its blackened statues, into the steeply sloping left bank. Here, the Hradcany district is dominated by the imposing mass of Prague’s ancient castle. Beneath this magnificent building, home to great St Vitus’ Cathedral and the historic Royal Palace, are the narrow, sloping cobbled streets of Malá Strana, the Little Quarter.

    After the tour, you'll have the rest of the day free to explore at your leisure. And, this evening, why not join our optional buffet dinner river cruise?

  • Continue exploring the fascinating city of Prague at your leisure today, or join our optional excursion to the former Eastern German city of Dresden on the River Elbe. The restored glories of this Baroque city - which was almost destroyed by Allied bombs during World War Two - include the stupendous Frauenkirche, which lay in ruins from 1945 until its rebuilding following Reunification, the surrounding Altstadt, Baroque Theaterplatz, the Residenzschloss – seat of Saxon kings and home to a priceless jewel collection – and the pavilions and courtyards of the Zwinger buildings.

    On the Elbe's northern bank, Neustadt and neighbouring Aussere Neustadt brim with life, and are home to several fascinating museums. Don’t miss the view of the Altstadt from Neustadt’s riverside meadows.

    After a fascinating day, return to Prague to spend a last evening.

  • Take your leave of Prague, and head south into a rolling, romantic region of dense forests, medieval towns and hill-top castles. By early afternoon you will have crossed into Austria, and will arrive in the great Imperial city of Vienna. Enjoy a guided introduction to the magnificent seat of the Hapsburg Empire, with its imposing Baroque palaces and cathedral. The world famous Hofburg Palace is home to the Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, several museums and the Austrian President, while the Old Town (Innere Stadt) is a labyrinth of streets humming with the buzz of shops and cafés.

    Vienna is famous as the home of the Kaffeehaus, and you should definitely set aside some time during your visit to sit and enjoy coffee and cake in one of these celebrated Viennese meeting places.

  • This morning, explore Vienna once again, or join our optional excursion to the Schönbrunn Palace. An Imperial summer home and one of Austria’s greatest treasures, this magnificent building once echoed with the music of the young Mozart.

  • Bid farewell to the Austrian capital, and cross into picturesque Slovakia, heading to its wonderful capital, Bratislava. Delightfully set on the River Danube, close to the point where Austria and Hungary converge, Bratislava is a cosmopolitan mix of Central European influences that boasts glorious Baroque palaces and some stunning churches.

    After a fascinating few hours in the city, re-board the coach and continue your journey into Hungary and its glorious, Danubeside capital, Budapest, where you'll spend your last two nights.

  • Enjoy this morning’s introductory tour of the "twin" city set astride the river. The western half is Buda, an elegant hillside city of opulent buildings, while its eastern opposite is Pest, a bustling hive of museums, galleries, thermal baths, restaurants and bars. Discover the former’s castle district, with its delightful medieval houses and the fascinating medieval frescoes of the Matyas Church, and soak up the spectacular viewsfrom Fishermen’s Bastion.

    In Pest, the vast Gothic Parliament lining the river and the grandiose Heroes Square, with its imposing columns and statues, are just two of the highlights. Later this afternoon, you'll enjoy an included river cruise, while this evening, you'll have the chance to join an optional folklore evening of traditional Hungarian music and food.

  • Transfer to the airport to check in for your flight home after a fascinating tour through central Europe.

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Hotels

Prague, Budapest and Vienna Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of comfortable hotels that are conveniently located for your tour itinerary.

Further Information

  • Please note that on some departure dates the itinerary is reversed. Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
  • This holiday is very popular, and we have limited rooms in the hotels described. If demand is high on a particular date we may accommodate you in an alternative hotel, of a similar standard, in a convenient location for the tour. Full details of your hotel will be sent with your Joining Instructions.
  • The local currency in Austria and Bratislava is the Euro. In Prague it is the Czech Koruna, and in Budapest it is the Hungarian Forint.
  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to your hotel, or the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
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